Austin, Lyle residents sent to hospital after storm related crashes

Published 8:54 am Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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An Austin man and a pair of people from Lyle suffered non-life threatening injuries in separate accidents Monday, a direct result of the system that impacted the area Monday into Tuesday, which brought both snow and ice to the region.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at around 5:43 p.m. Monday night, Abigail Marie Quelle, 21, and Caleb Roy Quelle, 20, both of Lyle, were traveling westbound on Interstate 90 when their Ford Taurus, driven by Abigail, lost control and rolled into the median.

Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and Mayo Clinic Ambulance responded.

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Both were transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea with non-life threatening injuries.

Later in the evening, at around 9:50 p.m., Paw Ku, 35 and driving a Nissan Rogue, was traveling southbound on Interstate 35 through rural Freeborn County when he lost control and rolled into the ditch.

He was transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Albert Lea, again with non-life threatening injuries.

Mayo Ambulance and the Cottage Grove Fire Department responded.

Roads were snow and ice covered as freezing rain first moved through the region Monday evening, and shifted to snow later in the evening.